By Kim Richters 
 

Deutsche Telekom AG said Wednesday that it won't be attending this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona due to the coronavirus outbreak, adding to a list of companies that have pulled out of the conference.

"The health of our employees and of everyone who is our guest at MWC comes first," the company said in a statement.

Chief Executive Tim Hoettges added that because of the continuing spread of the coronavirus "large crowds of people pose a particular risk." He would "consider it irresponsible to take this risk," he said.

The German telecoms company's withdrawal from the event comes after several other companies--such as Nokia Corp. and STMicroelectronics NV--pulled out.

 

Write to Kim Richters at kim.richters@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 12, 2020 10:25 ET (15:25 GMT)

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